Our Business World

Inspiring Grade 5-6 Students to Become Canada’s Next Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs create jobs, drive the economy and strengthen communities. According to Ernst & Young, 62% of Canadian entrepreneurs are focusing on growth over the next year.

However, starting a business is not a career option that most children are encouraged to consider.

In JA’s Our Business World program, elementary students explore how businesses are created and what makes them thrive. Using games and multimedia, students learn about innovation, start-ups and self-employment.

Volunteers from local businesses provide students with a first-hand look at how business supports the community. During this interactive, in-class program students will:

  • •  Learn how to distinguish what is a business and what it is not.
  • •  Explore where customers come from and how to keep them.
  • •  Discuss how business contributes to the well-being of a community.
  • •  Recognize that businesses can impact the environment in both positive and negative ways.
  • •  Learn about the history of some Canadian businesses and how they’ve changed over time.
  • •  Understand of the importance of innovation.
  • •  Describe what makes an entrepreneur innovative.

By the end of this program, students will see the power of the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada. This will inspire them to ask, “Do I have what it takes to become an entrepreneur?”

Download the Our Business World Program Sheet


For more information about Our Business World or to get involved, contact your local JA Canada office.